You can break down a basketball game in any number of statistical ways. The only number that really counts, however is the final score, and Oklahoma basketball was on the short end of that number Tuesday night against Texas Tech.
Texas Tech outlasted Oklahoma 69-61, handing the Sooners their fifth consecutive loss at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock.
At season’s end, the Sooners are going to look back on this game as one they easily could have stolen on the road. This game was there for the taking, and Oklahoma simply couldn’t make shots in the critical final eight minutes — and Texas Tech did — and that’s when the game was decided.
The game was tied at 51-all with just a few ticks over nine minutes to go, but from that point forward the Red Raiders outscored the Sooners 18-10 to put the game away.
For the fifth time in the last six games, junior Brady Manek led Oklahoma in scoring. The junior from nearby Harrah, Oklahoma, scored 19 points, but made just one of six three-point shots.
Here are few more noteworthy numbers that tell the story of this game:
4 — Turnovers were not a major issue in the game, although the Sooners committed seven of their 10 total turnovers in the second half. Both teams scored just four points off of turnovers.
10 — Both teams put up 25 shots in the first half, but in the second half, Oklahoma took 10 more shots (31) than the Red Raiders (21).
17 — Lead changes in the game. In addition, the score was tied 10 different times.
24/18 — Forty-two of Oklahoma’s 61 points came from 24 points in the paint and six made three-balls.
25 — Oklahoma shot just 25 percent (6 of 24) for the game.
32-25 — The Sooners have been outrebounded in most of their games this season, and the contest at Texas Tech was no exception. The Red Raiders pulled down 32 rebounds to the Sooners’ 25.
66.7 — Texas Tech’s shooting percentage (14 of 21) in the second half of Tuesday’s game. The Red Raiders posted the exact same percentage in three-point shots (4 of 6) in the second half.
12,224 — Attendance at United Supermarkets Arena for the game.